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Old 06-30-2020, 08:46 AM   #621
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The reason I actually finally listened to it (I've owned it for years) is because Em & I had some challenging conversations about our relationship over the weekend, and I remember LM once recommending it to me, when I was asking for albums that speak to challenges in relationships. It didn't really hit the spot I needed it to, so if anyone has recommendations for that, let me know. But it was great.
Dunno if it will help you like it helps me right now, but Long Beard's album from last year, Means to Me, is getting me through strange times. Hazy, almost folky dream pop, it has the right emotional resonance for me at the moment and singing/lyrics that are abstract yet provide something to latch onto. Could leave you totally cold but I thought I'd mention it.
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not sure where the original post is iYup, but that playlist you posted led me to Yasuaki Shimizu's Music for Commercials, which I'm greatly enjoying!

Cool. Japanese music has a huge amount to dig into. I wasn't aware of the sheer scope until these Light in the Attic compilations started showing up.
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As we are at the halfway point in this terrible year, what have been your favorite albums so far?

In no particular order:

Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Waxahatchee - St. Cloud
Perfume Genius - Set my Heart on Fire Immediately
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Caribou - Suddenly
Bob Dylan - Rough an Rowdy Ways
TORRES - Silver Tongue
Moses Sumney - grae
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I suspect most of those will make my list, but I've yet to listen to them.

Destroyer - Have We Met
The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Continue Sinning So That Grace May Increase
Moodymann - Taken Away
Against All Logic - 2017-2019
A Girl Called Eddy - Been Around
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:45 PM   #625
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Mine so far, alphabetical order:

Cable Ties - Far Enough
Ellis - Pringle Creek
Hum - Inlet
Mint Julep - Stray Fantasies
Myrkur - Folkesange
Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
Purity Ring - Womb
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
Solkyri - Mount Pleasant

My favourite release, full stop, is Sleepmakeswaves - No Safe Place EP. The best thing they've ever made. They're releasing three EPs this year, which will also function together as an album.

I feel like I should draw mikal's attention to Hum. Not sure if you've listened to them? I think you might like them, they were an amazing nineties alt-rock band that sounded quite unlike their contemporaries. I love their guitar tones, thick and shoegazy but with a meatiness that's almost metal. Downward Is Heavenward is their finest album... and suddenly they've dropped this new one 22 years later that picks up exactly where they left off. It sounds like they recorded it in 2000, not 2020, in the best possible way.
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Three standing out to me:

1. Nicolas Jaar: Cenizas
2. Perfume Genius: Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
3. Hayley Williams: Petals for Armor
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Caribou
Charli XCX
Destroyer
Fiona Apple
Hayley Williams
Grimes
Run The Jewels 4
Tame Impala

and maybe HAIM...too early to tell but liking what I've heard so far

great year so far for music
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1. Nicolas Jaar: Cenizas
Crazy how vastly I prefer his work as AAL and Darkside to his solo stuff.
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Random Music Talk CXXVII: Crickets

I had forgotten that the new Destroyer is a 2020 album (it’s an old world, pre-pandemic album after all). Add that to my list.
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Crazy how vastly I prefer his work as AAL and Darkside to his solo stuff.

Cenizas really spoke to me. Love that fractured sax running through a lot of the tracks with the minimal, low-fi beats. Very apocalyptic but somehow also comforting, to my ear at least. Easily the best album of the year so far.
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Mine so far, alphabetical order:

Cable Ties - Far Enough
Ellis - Pringle Creek
Hum - Inlet
Mint Julep - Stray Fantasies
Myrkur - Folkesange
Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
Purity Ring - Womb
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
Solkyri - Mount Pleasant

My favourite release, full stop, is Sleepmakeswaves - No Safe Place EP. The best thing they've ever made. They're releasing three EPs this year, which will also function together as an album.

I feel like I should draw mikal's attention to Hum. Not sure if you've listened to them? I think you might like them, they were an amazing nineties alt-rock band that sounded quite unlike their contemporaries. I love their guitar tones, thick and shoegazy but with a meatiness that's almost metal. Downward Is Heavenward is their finest album... and suddenly they've dropped this new one 22 years later that picks up exactly where they left off. It sounds like they recorded it in 2000, not 2020, in the best possible way.
Crazy you say that. I just listened to the Hum album last night. Really good. I actually saw them live in ‘98 opening for Smashing Pumpkins of all bands. 😂
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I actually saw them live in ‘98 opening for Smashing Pumpkins of all bands. 😂
Fuuuuuck jealous.

I'm hoping that post-covid Hum might make their way down here, one of those bands I just could not imagine having the opportunity to see live. Downward Is Heavenward is an album that has reliably remained in rotation for me for... so long. I probably first heard it around 2005 or 2006 and it sticks with me so well. Funnily enough, though, I've never got into You'd Prefer an Astronaut, I feel like there's something intangible missing - perhaps if I had the musical vocabulary of someone like LM or iYup I'd be able to articulate it.
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I'd love Bob Seger to finally fucking come here.
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This has been my favorite year for new music since 2016 and it's only half over. Here are the albums I would say are really special:

 
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now
Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
Natalia Lafourcade - Un canto por México Vol. 1
A Girl Called Eddy - Been Around
Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Rina Sawayama - Sawayama
Tennis - Swimmer
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM
Destroyer - Have We Met
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar
The Necks - Three
Makaya McCraven / Gil Scott-Heron - We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven
Mac Miller - Circles
Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter
Pejzaż - Blues
The Mountain Goats - Songs for Pierre Chuvin
RAY - Pink
Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History
tricot - 真っ黒 (Makkuro)
Against All Logic - 2017-2019
Bambara - Stray
Ian William Craig - Red Sun Through Smoke
Ka - Descendants of Cain
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It's been a really strong year so far. I have about 20 albums I'm really enjoying and listening to repeatedly.

Here are my top 10 in alphabetical order:

Eve Owen - Don't Let The Ink Dry
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Soccer Mommy - color theory
Torres - Silver Tongue
Ultraista - Sister
Waxahatchee - St. Cloud
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LM, I really like that Tennis album too. They've been such a consistent band (and consistently overlooked, I'd say).
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Every Tennis album has a few songs I really like, but I don't think they have put together something that really works from front to back yet.
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The lack of mentions for Carly Rae Jepsen's latest pop masterpiece is unfortunate.
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The lack of mentions for Carly Rae Jepsen's latest pop masterpiece is unfortunate.
Have you seen her live? I went to her concert a year or two back and it was an absolute blast.
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Every Tennis album has a few songs I really like, but I don't think they have put together something that really works from front to back yet.
I felt the same way until this one. A perfectly consistent and charming album.

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Have you seen her live? I went to her concert a year or two back and it was an absolute blast.
Can confirm. She's an absolute pro and obviously the setlist is superb.
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